Cleveland Browns: 5 players whose stock dropped against Texans

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3. Jabrill Peppers, SS

Sure, there was the 11-yard Demaryius Thomas hauled in over Jabrill Peppers, but even then, I tried to cut Peppers some slack. Guys give up touchdowns. It even happens to Denzel Ward.

But the play made me start thinking about Peppers contributions to the team, and the more I thought about it, the more disappointed I became.

Peppers was a first round pick in the 2017 draft.

Yet, has he had a profound impact on this team?

He played out of position last season, as the “Halo” in Gregg Williams’ defense, playing 25 yards off the line of scrimmage.

But this season, Peppers is playing the position many targeted for him in strong safety.

However, he never makes a difference.

There was hope Peppers would attack offenses like Troy Polamalu used to do for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He doesn’t force quarterbacks into mistakes and he doesn’t do all that much to stop the run.

In reality, he’s just a guy. Some games are better than other, but he’s hardly a difference maker.

Pro Football Focus lists Peppers 30th in its safety grades. The analytics based website gave the Michigan product high marks for stopping the run, while also showing his inability to help in pass coverage.